The Fault in Our Stars has picked up a second part of its main cast with the arrival of Ansel Elgort from Divergent, according to a Friday report from Entertainment Weekly.
Shailene Woodley had previously been offered the lead role in the film adaptation of John Green’s bestselling fourth novel, which tells the story of a 16-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced into a support group by her parents.
While there, she falls in love with a 17-year-old ex-basketball player and amputee.
According to EW, Elgort will play Augustus Waters, the amputee, to Woodley’s Hazel. Considering the pair are brother and sister in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Divergent, we don’t think we’ve been more creeped out since Jennifer Carpenter married Michael C. Hall while playing his sister on the TV show Dexter.
(Yes, we know. It’s make believe, but still!)
One person, who isn’t creeped out by the dynamic, is Green, who issued a statement to EW calling Elgort “whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters.”
Green described himself as “a cautious pessimist,” but added that with Woodley and Elgort on board, he was “completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.”
Director Josh Boone agreed with Green’s assessment of Elgort, adding that the actor is “the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus.”
The Fault in Our Stars will be adapted for the big screen by the writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (500 Days of Summer), who previously worked with Woodley on The Spectacular Now. A bit more on that film here:
As for Elgort’s competition, the actor reportedly beat out Brenton Thwaites, Nat Wolff, Nick Robinson, and Noah Silver, to get the job of male lead, according to IMDb.
Do you think Elgort is a good choice for Gus? What about Woodley as Hazel? How excited are you to see The Fault in Our Stars go from page to screen?
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